Blue Grouse is a vineyard with a history. Originally (1987) planned as a research and development operation, the land was purchased by Hans and Evangeline Kiltz in 1989 after the demise of a John Harper partnership. They have expanded things over time with great care and dedication. They opened their wine shop in 1993, almost twenty years ago.
The harvest has always been done by hand and only the highest quality grapes are selected to create character wines such as Ortega, Pinot Gris, Pinot Noir and Black Muscat, a Blue Grouse exclusive.
Go south from Glenora on Glenora Rd. until it merges into Koksilah Rd. and then watch for the sign after you pass through Cowichan Station. Right off Koksilah onto Lakeside and right again at Blue Grouse Rd.
Turn west off Highway 1 onto Koksilah Rd. Turn left on Hillside, right on Lakeside and left onto Blue Grouse Rd.
Vigneti Zanatta Winery and Vineyards is the oldest active winery in the Koksilah valley.
The owners manage an excellent restaurant, Vinoteca, during the high season. It is now open for the smmer under Fatima’s excellent care. Please call for more information or group bookings – (250) 709-2279
Dennis Zanatta bought a farm here in the fifties and the family now has 30 acres devoted to wine grapes. There is no doubt that this is the farm which was first to grow grapes for wine on Vancouver Island and which is still active and which is still owned by the same family. A number of vineyards began legal operations in the same time frame once the Social Credit government allowed the registration of farmgate wineries, but the Zanatta’s definitely hold the title of first family.
The wine shop is open from spring to late autumn. All their wines are produced from grapes grown on their Glenora vineyard. Specializing in champagne-style wines, they also produce a number of popular white and red wines.